Although a significant amount of people refuse to even think about Christmas until December 1st, stores, TV channels, social media, and activities start up as early as the day after Halloween. Christmas is over December 26th and 25 days is just not enough to celebrate all the wonderful thing this holiday has to offer. It’s never too early for Christmas festivities and there are many platforms that seem to agree.  

Beginning with the Hallmark Channel’s famous countdown to Christmas where they release new Holiday movies every week. Their countdown began on October 26th and the public has been going crazy for them ever since. The romantic comedies are notorious for their cheesy and predictable plotlines, but they always leave the viewer with a heartwarming feeling, putting them right into the holiday spirit. The channel is set to release 22 new movies this season with some of their most popular and recognized actors being Candace Cameron-Bure, Danica McKellar, and Lacey Chabert.  

Netflix has taken its own list of holiday movies that has grown with new additions this year. They have classics like “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Nutcracker,” and a series of Mickey Mouse Christmas movies for those who like to re-watch beloved originals. They have also created their own movies such as “Christmas Inheritance” and “A Christmas Prince” which mimic the feel-good theme of the Hallmark movies. Netflix is stocked with over 40 holiday movies ready for you to watch at your convenience with a cup of hot chocolate and some Christmas cookies, even in November.  

If you’re interested in some of the original Christmas stories and enjoy seeing them come alive through theatre, the Trinity Repertory in Providence is already selling tickets to “A Christmas Carol.” The production opened on November 8th and is running until December 30th, so you still have plenty of time to catch Ebenezer Scrooge live and in action.   

Not all Christmas activities have to be held off until December. Strolling down the street you can already see lights hanging on homes and bushes, as well as some wreaths. Luckily, baking cookies and building gingerbread houses do not require any special ingredients that are exclusively sold in December; you can head to the grocery store right now and find all the fixings for the best Christmas desserts.  

Light shows are soon to be under the works as well, as the 2018 Festival of Lights at La Salette in Attleboro, Massachusetts opens on November 22nd and can be enjoyed until January 6th. The Providence Tree Lighting and ice-skating show is on December 1st this year at the Alex and Ani City Center and features Olympic Bronze Medalist Mirai Nagasu and World Champion Kimmie Meissner in addition to other admirable skaters. Recreational skating is also open to the public and they even offer ice bumper cars, a winter twist on a favorite amusement park game.   

The only activity you might have to wait until December to participate in is sledding and snowman making, depending on when mother nature decides to bless us with snow. Ski and snowboarding resorts also tend to open in late November, so you might not even have to wait on seeing snow to hit the mountains. Although Christmas is still 39 days away, there is nothing wrong with getting a jump start on the holiday spirit in preparation for the “most wonderful time of the year.”  

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